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Eco-Grass Low Maintenance Lawn Blend


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Our prices are the lowest + Eco-grass ships free (within the contiguous United States). This blend of fine-leaved fescue grasses is the responsible alternative to an energy-intensive conventional turf lawn. Eco-Grass is also an excellent choice for solid border areas or footpaths adjacent to native plantings.  This versatile grass blend of cultivar fescues establishes quickly, growing into a flowing carpet that can go unmowed or be mowed to a recommended 3” height occasionally or frequently, depending on rainfall, application and intended use. Eco-Grass grows in most soil types and sun conditions, thriving in all but the darkest and wettest settings in clay or heavy soils. The thin blades of the fescues and their relatively deep root systems (4-9”) enhance drought-resistance by reducing water loss and reaching deeper water reserves.

When Eco-Grass reaches about eight inches and begins to form seed heads, it tends to bow or flop over, which can add an attractive naturalistic flow to landscape highlights. Once established, it is durable under moderate foot traffic if mowed as a path or lawn. It resists invasion by filling in well but will not encroach on neighboring plantings.

Eco-Grass yields big savings as a lawn alternative by eliminating or reducing the need for pesticides, fertilizers and frequent watering or mowing. These slow-growing fescues establish even in light or low-nutrient soils and hold no attraction for lawn grubs, the problematic larvae that thrive in shorter-rooted turf grasses.

A cool-season grass blend, Eco-Grass is best planted Spring or early-Fall, on a prepared site from which all weeds or competing species, and the weed seed bank in the soil, have been removed prior to planting.   Early-Fall plantings have the advantage of moderate temperatures and fewer competing weeds, while Spring plantings have the advantage of early-season soil moisture.  Seeds can be hand-broadcast or distributed with a grass-seed spreader and should be lightly raked in and then watered well for the first month or two, if needed. Depending upon conditions, germination can be expected in one to two weeks. Its cool-season nature shows in its bright-green luster in late-fall, followed by browning in dormancy and an early spring green-up.

Eco-Grass does not need to over-winter to break germination inhibitors. Seeds sown in late fall or winter will lie dormant until spring. Even sandy soils can suit it but frequent watering may be necessary on very dry sites or in dry seasons until the plants are established. Once it fills in, Eco-Grass is a low-maintenance, attractive choice for many specific landscaping needs for home and garden.

Customer praise for Eco-Grass: "Thank you Prairie Moon for the Eco Grass. We planted Eco Grass last fall and are impressed with its quick growth and ability to fill in. It was planted in a low, uneven area behind our native planting and vegetable garden (see photos, left). During heavy rains this area would fill with water and was slow to drain. The Eco Grass absorbs the excess water therefore solving the problem of standing water. It looks great, is an excellent backdrop to the prairie and garden, and needs no maintenance." - Al K., Powell, OH

"Our Eco-Grass lawn fits perfectly with our desire to welcome wildlife and eliminate pollution from noise, gas and chemicals.  And after 15 years it remains lush and beautiful and requires almost no maintenance." - Joanna Eckles, Stillwater, MN


Recommended seeding rate: 5 lbs./1,000 sq. ft.  220 lbs./acre

5 Questions asked on Eco-Grass






Q Kathryn • 10/23/2017 What species are in your Eco-Grass mix and in quantities or ratios?
A Prairie Moon • 10/26/2017 Hi Kathryn, Good question! Our Eco-Grass is a blend of 5-6 fescues, generally including sheep fescue, chewings fescue, hard fescue, and creeping red fescue. The breakdown among the species is about even at 15-20% each.
Q Muzee • 04/11/2018 Hi - By "competing species" do you mean that the existing grass would need to be dug up and removed? I have about 1/2 acre and am in CT. I love the idea of this. Thank you.
A Prairie Moon • 04/11/2018 If you want your lawn to be low-mow, the existing grass needs to be removed since the Eco-grass will not crowd out existing turf. It will fill in sparse areas, but sowing the seed over your lawn won't result in a fully Eco-grass yard.
Q Cristine • 04/27/2018 Are the species included native to the great lakes region?
A Prairie Moon • 05/01/2018 HI Christine. Good question. The grasses are not native. Cover Crops and Eco-Grass are the only non-native thing we carry. Eco-Grass is a blend of cultivated fine-leaved fescue grasses, primarily that are grown/harvested on the West coast (WA, OR).
Q JC • 06/03/2018 Is EcoGrass resistant to the effects of alleopathic Juglone from Black Walnut trees?
A Prairie Moon • 06/04/2018 Yes, Eco-Grass can be planted under and near Black Walnuts, but we suggest you rake away the leaves and walnuts each fall to avoid excessive levels of the tree's toxin. We also have an entire category of natives tolerant or resistant to the black walnut juglone.).
Q Eric • 09/09/2018 How salt tolerant is Eco-Grass? Would it be suitable for use along a street which is salted and plowed in the winter?
A Prairie Moon • 09/10/2018 No, we wouldn't expect Eco-Grass to be very salt-tolerant being such a fine fescue. We haven't observed this ourselves, but we do have a patch of Buffalo Grass planted next to a salted sidewalk here and it does show stress due to the salt.

A short, dry native grass we've observed to be salt-tolerant is Squirrel-tail Grass.
Recommended seeding rate: 5 lbs/1,000 sq. ft.  220 lbs/acre
A cool-season grass blend, Eco-Grass is best planted on a prepared site from which all weeds or competing species have been removed in early fall or early spring.  Spring has the advantage of early-season soil moisture, while early-fall plantings have the advantage of fewer competing weeds.
 The seeds can be hand-broadcast or distributed with a grass-seed spreader and should be lightly raked in and then watered well for the first month or two, if needed. Depending upon conditions, germination can be expected in one to two weeks. Its cool-season nature shows in its bright-green luster in late autumn, followed by browning in dormancy and an early spring green-up.

Eco-Grass does not need to over-winter to break germination inhibitors. Seeds sown in late fall or winter will lie dormant until spring. Even sandy soils can suit it but frequent watering may be necessary on very dry sites or in dry seasons until the plants are established. Once it fills in, Eco-Grass is a low-maintenance, attractive choice for many specific landscaping needs for home and garden.
*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges:
ECO-GRASS SHIPS FREE, within the contiguous US; we cannot send Eco-Grass to Canada.

**MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders shipping to Minnesota only.

Shipping Season:
Eco-Grass seed can be sent year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.

We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee.

iDetails

Lbs/Acre
5 lbs/1000 sq ft; 220 lbs/acre
Germination Code
A
Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Height
8 inches
USDA Zones
2-7
Catalog Number
ECOG